07/31/14 5:09pm
Friendship Fire Company members prepare to participate in a parade in Alexandria, Virginia

Friendship Fire Company members prepare to participate in a parade in Alexandria, Virginia (Circa 1905)

In honor of the Friendship Firehouse Festival which is happening THIS Saturday, here’s a look back at the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria.

While no longer an active firefighting organization, the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association continues as one of the oldest fire companies in the country. The Association promotes fire and life safety education programs, awards scholarships, and maintains historic firefighting artifacts at the Friendship Firehouse Museum. The firehouse, located at 107 South Alfred Street in Old Town Alexandria, is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net. To read an early history of the Friendship Fire Company, click this link (PDF file).

07/31/14 4:57pm

Station 650 rises in Potomac Yard in Alexandria, Virginia

Station 650 – a green, mixed-use development of 183 luxury apartments and approximately 2,500 square feet of retail space is rising in the Potomac Yard neighborhood.

If you are looking for a nice apartment, here’s what Station 650 will offer residents when it comes on line in early 2015.

The wood-frame building, designed by KTGY Group and built by Clark Builders Group, will include 10 loft units with park views and eight affordable dwelling units as well as one- and two-bedroom market rate apartments. Luxury finishes will include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, vinyl plank flooring, and full-size washers and dryers. Residents will have access to an on-site club room, fitness center and game room, as well as a dog wash station and a bicycle workshop on the first floor with direct access from outside the building. Courtyard amenities will include a fire pit, a demonstration kitchen with bar, multiple grilling and seating areas and a reflecting pool with movie/water wall. The five-story building will include 239 covered parking spaces on the first floor and underground.

Station 650 is part of The Exchange at Potomac Yard which is a 1.9 million-square-foot development with a planned 800,000 square feet of office and hotel space, 100,000 square feet of retail, 1,700 units of residential, and a new Metro station.

07/31/14 4:09pm
William Boyd - Missing person in Alexandria, Virginia

The Alexandria Police Department is asking for your assistance in locating William Boyd. He was last seen in the “west end” area of Alexandria on July 26, 2014.

Mr. Boyd is a black male, 33-years-old, 5’10”, 200 lbs. with black hair and black eyes. He was last seen wearing white t-shirt, jeans, and a black leather jacket. Mr. Boyd occasionally wears glasses. Mr. Boyd requires medication and does not have it with him.

If you see him, please contact the Police Department immediately at 703.746.4444.

Click on the image for a larger picture.

07/31/14 2:43pm
Friendship Firehouse

Friendship Firehouse by Wayne Thume, on Flickr

The annual Friendship Firehouse Festival will include vendor and exhibit displays on the street in front of the firehouse, and tours of the firehouse museum. The Alexandria Fire Department will have fire engines, fire trucks and a medic unit on display. There will also be a cake cutting ceremony, delicious cake, and free fire helmets for the children, All in celebration of Friendship‘s 240th birthday. Free! 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Friendship Firehouse is located at 105 South Alfred Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net or call 703.746.4994.

07/31/14 1:05pm

ICYMI, Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday on school supplies and clothing is THIS weekend and will take place August 1-3, 2014.

During this three-day period, customers will not be charged the state and local retail sales tax on school supplies priced at $20 or less per item, or on articles of clothing, including footwear, costing $100 or less each. This includes items like pencils, pens, binders, paints, musical instruments and calculators, as well as pants, shirts, formal wear, shoes, flip-flops, and even uniforms.

Del Ray Variety Store is taking the tax free holiday a step further and is also paying the sales tax on the ENTIRE STORE as well! In other words, NO SALES TAX on ANYTHING at Del Ray Variety this weekend!!! As a bonus, they are giving 10% of all Back To School supply sales to the school of your choice.

The store is located at 203 East Custis Ave in Del Ray. For more information, visit them online at this link or on Facebook at this link.

Del Ray Variety is going completely tax free during Virginia's 2014 sales tax holiday
07/31/14 11:43am

West Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia should be re-opened soon.

This is an update to this post, this post, and this post.

Back in 2008, the City of Alexandria closed West Street between King Street and Cameron Street for some sewer work. The same section of street was closed again this spring and summer so that crews can install a more efficient Diversion Chamber and CSO Screen.

As you can see from the photo above, the sewer work has been completed and crews are working on the curbs currently and still have repaving and other touch up items to do.  A City staffer on site told me that this section of West Street would be re-opened Monday, Tuesday at the latest.

07/31/14 10:48am

Artfully Chocolate Wine Bar Bistro in Alexandria, Virginia

Join Sommelier Andrew Stover at Artfully Chocolate Bistro & Wine Bar for his USA road trip wine tasting paired to Artisan Confections. Stop by and sip from 5:00 -7:00 PM on TONIGHT! Artfully Chocolate Bistro is located at 506 John Carlyle Street in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria.

Features wines include:

  • Sawtooth Riesling, Idaho
  • Two Ponds Sauvignon Blanc, Washington
  • Detour Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • Sawtooth ‘Skyline’ Cabernet/Merlot, Idaho